• Apr 13, 2010
2011 BMW M1/1 Series M – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been a good week for nabbing peeks at upcoming German metal and the latest shots to come out of Deutschland include the first clear pics of the hopped up BMW 1-Series. And not only do we have stills, but we've got video to prove it, too. While no one knows exactly what to call the car just yet, it's clear the tiny coupe will pack some firepower when it finally hits the streets. Need proof? Set your eyes on that outrageously wide rear axle.

The 'roided-out 1er was spotted while making laps of the Nurburgring, and wears a set of rear fender flares that do their best to hide beefy rear tires. The keen-eyed will also be able to pick out quite a bit of additional body work on the car, including a new front fascia that borrows elements from the current M3.

Right now, there's no word on what we can expect in the engine bay, though a modified version of the new single-turbo inline-six found in the 135i would be a pretty good bet. The better news is that BMW has already promised a limited-slip rear to show up in the new model. Hit the jump to see the video and check out the high-res gallery below.



[Video: BMW Blog | Images: CarPix]

BMW M135i? from MrBTG on Vimeo.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank goodness it's still a sedan. Not only is it uglier, but we don't have to put up with a usuable back seat or all of that extra storage space from the hatch. Go BMW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You mean coupe right?

        Personally after having seen many in Europe I think the hatch looks awful, but to each his own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well obviously unlike some people on here I do understand that it needs to be heavier because of all the safety features, but that's the case for virtually all cars these days.

      Despite all their recent abominations I do believe BMW knows what they are doing when it comes down to their main M cars and if they're serious about becoming more affordable, lighter and more fun as they've said then I have hope and it definitely makes me excited about this car.

      At 3300lbs it won't be "light" but it will be relatively light and with those shorter dimensions and more power than the 135i it should be pretty agile, so i'm definitely hopeful.

      • 4 Years Ago
      oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP. oh god yes ,FRAP.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We will cover the BMW badge, and then no one will know its a BMW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah it's not the prettiest thing on the road, you can't expect to get italian design when something is manufactured out of Germany. Not saying all German cars are necessarily ugly. But this thing isn't half bad considering there isn't any other car in it's class. Sure the cayman(s), 370z, IsF are around but they aren't in the same calss and they are way bigger cars, and only the IsF gives you pack seats, but even they aren't turning the numbers a 135i does. 135i 0-60 in 4.7-4.8, 1/4 mile in 13.1-13.3.

      And for the comment of a mustang gt. It's not even close to being in the same class!!! its a american muscle car! Not a german go-kart. It should be compared to the vette and camaro. But since you brought it up, the mustang gt 5.0 will be slower 0-60 and 1/4 mile times will be close(bet the M1/1 still whoops it), so it wont stand a chance to the M1/1. The M1/1 will probably be about 800 pounds lighter than the mustang too while producing im sure 350+hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        okay 800 pounds is alot of wieght, more than anyone can expect. 600 pounds or so will be a better fit. Now though that bmw has announced that the m1 will boast 350 hp+ I think it will dominate a mustang gt, since ford has been confronted that the power they said it would make is 17hp less and 22 ft-lb trq less. I still love both cars. New mustang is a great design
      • 4 Years Ago
      People HATE(D) the 318ti.
      People HATE this car.

      I own a 318ti and I LOVE it.
      Don't knock until you drive it.
      Looks can grow on people. I know my ti did.
      First car I buy out of college will be a 1'er b/c it is an updated version of the ti.
      Absolutely love the photos! Thanks Autoblog
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a T-Fighter flying by...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please don't call it the M1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      but will it be faster than a mustang gt?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are talking about the Mustang GT 500 right? Because this thing will run circles around the Mustang V6.

        Are you honestly comparing a 500 HP car with a ~350 HP car? Come on...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Live axle FTW guys. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Car and Driver already got a better lighting lap out of the 2010 Mustang GT than the 135i.

        I can't see another 125 horses out of the 5.0 making that job any easier.
        • 4 Years Ago
        because german cars have always been about monster horsepower with no handling, braking, and great driving dynamics in general.
        • 4 Years Ago
        im not talking about 1/4 mile or 0-60

        im talking about a racetrack, corners. does anyone seriously think this thing will lap a given track faster than an equlivant 5.0 mustang?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Droooooooool~
      135M!
      They have to make this one!
      My bumcheeks are clenched in anticipation
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some reason this car doesn't really interest me. I'm sure it's gonna be great but the idea of turbos in a BMW M-ish car is just boring to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW knows what will sell.
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